Football Outsiders' JI Halsell (a former Salary Cap specialist for the Washington Redskins) reviews the Mega-Money Free Agent deals of Julius Peppers, Karlos Dansby, Antrel Rolle, and our own Dunta Robinson. While the whole article is a must-read if you're even slightly interested in the business side of the NFL, I thought I'd share the section relevant to Falcons fans (emphasis mine):
Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson's contract provides a team salary number (formerly known as a cap number) of $12 million in 2010. In subsequent years, his team salary numbers are $6.5 million, $7.75 million, $8.75 million, $10.75 million, and $11.25 million. By giving Robinson a guaranteed roster bonus of $7 million in lieu of a signing bonus of the same amount, the Falcons are taking the full amount of $7 million on their books in the current year instead of doing so over the term of the contract. If Robinson becomes a bust, the club's exposure to higher dead money is mitigated by usage of the roster bonus. The Falcons did a great job of using the uncapped year to mitigate their cap risk in future years while making Robinson the second-highest paid corner in the league along with the Eagles' Asante Samuel (they are both behind Oakland's Nmandi Asomugha).
Just wanted to share bit of good news to offset finding out the team got less than originally reported in the Chris Houston trade.